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John Bolton escapes citizen's arrest at Hay Festival

Original post made by Sharon, Midtown, on May 28, 2008

John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, has escaped an attempted citizen's arrest as he appeared at the Hay Festival.
Security guards blocked the path of columnist and activist George Monbiot, who tried to make the arrest as Mr Bolton left the stage.

The former ambassador - a key advisor to President George W Bush who argued strongly in favour of invading Iraq - had been giving a talk on international relations to more than 600 people at the literary festival.

Mr Monbiot was blocked by two heavily-built security guards at the end of the one-and-a-half hour appearance, before he could serve a "charge sheet" on him. Web Link

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Posted by Think hard...
a resident of Midtown
on May 28, 2008 at 4:21 pm

yup, this is the Left hard at work, trying to arrest those they disagree with.

Think hard, Democrats, about what your party has become.


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Posted by ten18
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 28, 2008 at 9:34 pm

Ah the left . . . true American moonbats. John Bolton is a hero in my book. He was the only hope for that pathetic waste of money and resources that is the UN.


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Posted by Kate
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 28, 2008 at 10:12 pm

I respect John Bolton. He was the lone voice of reason at the United Nations. The U.S. should not be funding it to the level we currently do. It's a bunch of nonsense. Move it to another country and let them have the fun for awhile.

As far as the radical left idiot who tried to conduct a "citizen's arrest" - for what? This guy doesn't agree with John Bolton and so he wants to arrest him? Look out Democrats, he's one of yours. Seems that free speech only pertains to speech that the far left agrees with.


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Posted by Republicans are losers
a resident of Stanford
on May 29, 2008 at 6:36 am

Think hard and KAte--you claim that this Mr Monbiot was a democrat--however nowhere in the article does it state his political affiliation. where did you get that information from?
Kate, perhaps you should go back and read the article and se why Mr Monbiot wanted to make the citizens arrest--it had nothing to do with "agreeing" with Mr Bolton.
Or is this another attempt by the bankrupt right-wingnuts, who have nothing to run on, to smear th democrats with any thing they can make up in their fertile imaginations


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Posted by Loser Republican
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 29, 2008 at 7:15 am

ha ha ha....how old are you, anyway, RAL? Do you say "na na na na na na" also and wiggle your tongue with your hands flapping out of your ears?

Bolton is a hero of mine, too. It takes courage to try to overcome the complete corruption of the UN.

I will vote for any candidate who pulls us out of the UN..no more money to the corrupt dictatorships of the UN...and creates a new UDN, United Democratic Nations.

Oh, and how do we know this guy is a Democrat? 2 things

1) Republicans do not impede the free speech of fellow citizens, ever.

2)If he were a Republican, the news article would mention this. The default for the papers is "Democrat", unless otherwise mentioned. Haven't you noticed that Democrats who get in trouble are never listed by political affiliation, but Republicans are?


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Posted by Republicans are losers
a resident of Stanford
on May 29, 2008 at 7:46 am

Loser republican-- I didn't have to do all those things you mentioned--you republicans are doing such a good job in screwing the party, that further action is unnecessary (wasn't it Rep Davis from NC who said something to the effect that the Republicans are rancid and should be thrown out).

So you come to a conclusion about Monbiot based on no evidence whatsoever? or if you have evidence that he is a democrat then please present it, but no heresay, please.

You state:
"Haven't you noticed that Democrats who get in trouble are never listed by political affiliation, but Republicans are?"

Below is a link to dispel that notion also:
Web Link

You also state:
"Republicans do not impede the free speech of fellow citizens, ever."

How about this then:

Web Link

Republicans trying to punish Berkeley for allowing free speech (I will give you this, the Code Pink ladies are full of crap))


It sounds like a nice catch phrase, that republicnas do not impede free speech, but we know like all recent republican utterings, they are bogus.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 29, 2008 at 9:22 am

It is inherent in the Left to give mouth service to the will of the people while despising that will.
They bypass legislative process by encouraging judicial fiat, they decry the tyrany of management but cannot wait to lock the worker into compulsory union membership, they cry free speech and yet shout it down when it disagrees with them; Joe Stalin would be proud of his children. Goebbels would be, too.
The Left has taken advantage of an inarticulate right, a right that has tried to stick to the goal of seeking rewards for personal achievement, by equating that goal with greed. The Right tries to bring order out of chaos, the Left provides that chaos.
The judicious can only grieve.


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Posted by Loser Republican
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 29, 2008 at 10:44 am

Wow, not only are you infantile, you can't read or think, either.

Precisely how are Repubs impeding free speech in Berkeley?

I see none.


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Posted by Republicans are losers
a resident of Stanford
on May 29, 2008 at 11:16 am

Loser republican--your response is typical of people of your ilk--instead of addressing issues, you resort to personal insults and derogatory comments.
You may disagree with my posts and you may not agree with the links I provide, but surely you can come up with a more reasoned response than
"not only are you infantile, you can't read or think, either.".
Boy no wonder the republicans just lost House seats in Mississippi and Louisiana--the emperor has no clothes, so they resort to insults, innuendo and derogatory comments


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Posted by Danny
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 29, 2008 at 12:53 pm

The Republican base has wrecked this country over the past 8 years. I don't think they even know what they're supporting anymore. They see everything in Red & Blue, throwing average, hard-working Americans under the bus to beef up their already overflowing pocketbooks. All of the right-wing anti-Americans on this thread are proof that only the Democrats will help end the costly and ill-defined war in Iraq, help re-vitalize the economy (as they have to do everytime they get in office after a Repub President destroys it) and clean up the filthy image Bush and his greedy followers have painted for us beyond these shores (and even between them).

The Republicans push policies of prejudice and violence. As long as they have their Bibles in one hand and their guns in another, they see no more problems in this country, or the world. Republicans in power push the rich, white agenda -- diversity is a four-letter word to them.

I have lost all respect for the Republican party, and especially the "educated" Republicans that hide out in their Palo Alto mansions. I though both Reagan and Bush Sr. were decent presidents. But those Republicans who continue to believe that Bush has done no wrong (go visit New Orleans or Ground Zero sometime if you want to see his ineptitude first hand) are merely mindless cattle, thinking solely of their pocketbooks and SUVs.

I still have hope that common ground can be reached between the two parties, which is possible as long as the Republicans reject the intolerance, greed, violence and prejudice that has defined their party over the past 8 years.


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Posted by Uffa
a resident of Evergreen Park
on May 29, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Monbiot -- a Democrat? He's from the UK, folks. The Hay Festival is in Wales, and Monbiot writes for a London newspaper. Left, no doubt. But a Democrat? This conversation only reinforces my earlier observation that forums like this attract mostly black-and-white thinkers -- though I use the word "thinkers" ironically -- who can't wait to jump into the street with blade clenched in mouth. There's no real conversation to be found here. Sad.


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Posted by good grief
a resident of Midtown
on May 29, 2008 at 2:48 pm

"your response is typical of people of your ilk--instead of addressing issues, you resort to personal insults and derogatory comments."

This from someone signing off as "Republicans are losers"...?


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Posted by Republicans are losers
a resident of Stanford
on May 29, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Good grief--clearly you did not get what my sign off referred to--I was referring to the loss of two in-the-past-sure-thing Republican house seats in the last couple of weeks and no to republicans as a whole. Come november the republicans will be the big losers


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Posted by no common ground.
a resident of Midtown
on May 29, 2008 at 6:14 pm

No, there is no common ground between

Socialists/communists versus Capitalists

Belief in State dependence versus belief in self-reliance

Political correctness versus free speech

Policies based on race and policies based on individuals

Emotion versus logic guided by morals

Doctored pseudo science versus science

Thinking selfishly about now, and thinking selflessly about tomorrow

Single issue focus versus balanced views

I am willing to believe that most leftists truly believe that what they think is actually good for people and for the future. I think most people believe that their ideas are best for people now and in the future.

But, as you learn more about history and circumstances around the world, about human nature and what motivates us and what destroys us, and once you have children and you are thinking about what kind of opportunities and freedoms you want your grandchildren to still enjoy when they are grown....you realize that the leftist policies of your youth simply destroy nations and people.

I was young and an idealistic, uninformed, unrealistic youth once. In fact, I called myself a socialist in ideology. Luckily, I grew up.











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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 29, 2008 at 9:32 pm

I do agree the California republican party is a loser. Pity.


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Posted by Danny
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 30, 2008 at 9:49 am

To no common ground: No, you didn't grow up. You only grew rich.


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